A former Texas A&M University employee who was arrested in May after authorities said a video camera was found inside a women’s restroom on campus, a Bryan man police charged with sexual assault after a woman reported being attacked while leaving her workplace, and an Iola man whom authorities say threatened a teenager with a machete and stole his bicycle were among 41 people indicted on felony charges Thursday by a Brazos County grand jury.
Six area people were indicted on separate first-degree felony drug charges, each punishable by up to 99 years in prison.
An indictment by grand jury is not an indication of guilt. Grand jurors meet twice monthly to determine whether there is enough evidence to move forward with prosecution in a case.
Peter David Baty, 54, is accused of placing a small device that appeared to be a phone charger in a
single-toilet restroom at the university’s Transit Building on Agronomy Road. The restroom is mainly used by employees, officials said. Baty, who resigned from his job at A&M Transportation Services, was initially arrested May 16 after an investigation and was released the next day after posting $25,000 bail. He was arrested a second time June 13.
After the initial arrest, officials said nearly 800 videos with at least 20 people were discovered on the device.
Baty was indicted Thursday on multiple state jail felony charges, punishable by 180 days to two years in state jail. He was released from the Brazos County Jail on June 14 on $20,000 bond.
• Authorities said a woman was leaving work at the 2300 block of Boonville Road just after midnight on June 3 when a man she didn’t know grabbed her, took her behind a nearby trash bin and sexually assaulted her.
Police arrested Justin Warren Batten, now 20, without incident at a home on Water Well Road in Brazos County around noon June 3.
The grand jury indicted Batten on Thursday on first-degree aggravated kidnapping bodily injury/sexual abuse charges and on a second-degree charge of sexual assault. He was released from the Brazos County Jail on June 6 on $150,000 bond.
• According to Bryan police, around 5:45 p.m. Sept. 3, an officer was dispatched to the intersection of South Texas and Hensel avenues after a witness reported a shirtless man with a machete chasing someone. The officer arrived and immediately spotted Heriberto Ariza Jr., 48, walking northbound without a shirt and wearing a sheathed machete on his leg, police said. He was taken into custody.
Authorities spoke with a 19-year-old who said he was sitting on his bicycle waiting to cross when Ariza began shouting at him and waving the machete. The victim told police he got off the bike and grabbed a broken piece of pipe to defend himself, and Ariza took off on the bike before getting off of it when he heard sirens, authorities said.
Ariza was indicted Thursday on charges of aggravated robbery, a first-degree felony punishable by up to 99 years in prison and $10,000 in fines. He remains in the Brazos County Jail on $19,000 bond.